Reading to Face Brooklands MU in Cup

After this weekend’s round three matches, which saw some more shock results, the draw has been made for the last 16 of hockey’s Men’s Cup competition.

The big shock of round three came at the University of Birmingham as the students knocked out the 2007 champions Cannock on penalty strokes.  Their reward for this is a trip to England Hockey League (EHL) Conference North side Belper who comfortably overcame Wycombe in the last round.   Brighton & Hove continued their impressive run in the cup as they once again beat EHL opposition with a narrow 5-4 victory at Barford Tigers.  Brighton & Hove will now have a bigger challenge as they have been drawn at home to Premier Division side Hampstead & Westminster who won at Chichester Priory Park.

Reading men celebrate winning the 2008-2009 Men's Cup Final with a 3-1 win over Beeston at Highfields Hockey Centre, Nottingham, 16 May 2009The eye catching tie of the round will be between EHL Premier Division sides Brooklands MU and Reading.  The current holders Reading had a scare against Southgate but made it through on penalty strokes, whilst Brooklands MU comfortably made it through against Sheffield University Bankers.  The remaining Premier Division teams avoided each other in the draw as Beeston look forward to a home tie against Fareham and Bowdon face a tricky trip to Essex to take on Old Loughtonians from the EHL Conference East.

Olton & West Warwickshire continued their impressive unbeaten start to the season with a win against Blueharts and they will now travel to Chelmsford who came from behind to beat Staines on golden goal extra time.  Maidstone and University of Cambridge will also be looking to defeat EHL opposition in the next round as the Kent side travel north to take on Doncaster, with the students hosting Sevenoaks.

Full details of the Men’s Cup Fourth Round draw can be seen below.

Men’s Cup Round Four Draw – Ties to be played Sunday 22nd November

Beeston v Fareham
Belper v University of Birmingham
Brighton and Hove v Hampstead and Westminster
Brooklands MU  v Reading
Chelmsford v Olton & West Warwicks
Doncaster v Maidstone
Old Loughtonians v Bowdon
University of Cambridge v Sevenoaks